Upgrade 8 Year Old Linux Gaming Computer

Last night, I upgraded my eight year old Linux gaming computer from the FX 8320 to Ryzen 7 2700. I went with the Ryzen 2700 for the fact that it was slashed down to $160 from the original $339 price tag. I have been eyeballing this cpu for sometime now. I even had dreams about this cpu. Not really but it does show the enthusiasm that I have with AMD cpus. I have been a fan of AMD for years and with a Linux OS (PopOS) installed then this cpu really shines.

Here is the old specs that I was running for years as a gaming computer: AMD FX 8320, Asus 990FX Sabertooth motherboard, 16 GB 1833 Mhz GSkill memory. And for the new upgrade I am running now: AMD Ryzen 7 2700, Asus B450F Strix ROG Gaming Motherboard, 16 GB 3200 Mhz GSkill memory. I went with this setup for the most part of upgrading to a Ryzen 3000 series cpu when the prices come down.

After installing the components, I was amazed at how snappy the system was reacting from the OS (PopOS 19.10) to playing my favorite games on Steam like Tomb Raider and Kerbal Space Program. Now I did do some benchmarks using Tomb Raider: Rise of the Tomb Raider. The old system would get an average FPS at High Setting around 63 but now the new system got an average FPS of 78. Not bad because I am still using an RX 570 graphics card. However, that is still a 25% increase in performance from my graphics card.

So I am very pleased with my upgrade and decision with the parts selected. I do see this system staying for the most part the same for a few years from now.

2 Comments Add yours

  1. 🙂 I experimented with Pop OS in the past; it is impressive. It is one of the most responsive versions of the GNOME desktop environments that I ever tried.


  2. Brinny says:

    I like for the fact that it has everything setup already on it. When I used Ubuntu, I had to install and setup certain settings to get it like I want it. PopOs made my life easier with all the settings set to the way I like it. I have been using PopOS for about three months now, and I am enjoying it.


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